Technology

Want to Fight Off Content Pirates? Just Stream Your Show for Free

The question of how to deal with the piracy of music, movies, and other forms of online content isn’t likely to be solved soon. But a chapter in a soon-to-be-published book on the digital economy (pdf) by the National Bureau…

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Amazon's Drone Fleet Delivers What Bezos Wants: An Image of Ingenuity

In his 2010 internal “Amazon.Love” memo to senior executives, Amazon (AMZN) Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos identified a serious problem that can plague big, successful companies: They tend to be feared and, in some quarters, hated. Retailers in particular often…

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A Year With the Volt

It’s hard to believe that it was a year ago when we added a Chevy Volt to our garage. A key factor in that decision was that we were generating excess electricity from the 41 solar panels we put on…

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Warning issued over Windows XP bug

Windows XP was released in 2001 but is still widely used Microsoft has issued a warning about a bug in older version of Windows that could let attackers take over a computer. The vulnerability in Windows XP and Server 2003…

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Google in breach of Dutch data laws

“Google spins an invisible web of our personal data,” said the DPA chairman. Google breached Dutch data protection laws by combining data on users of its different services, said the Netherlands’ privacy watchdog. The decision came after a seven-month investigation…

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Bitcoin theft closes drug website

The FBI’s closure of the Silk Road has led to problems for other users of the dark net Dark net market Sheep Marketplace has shut down after $5.3m (£3.3m) in bitcoins was stolen from the site. The site shut down…

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France orders search engine blocks

Certain sites that stream copyrighted content will be blocked A court in France has ordered Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to block 16 video-streaming sites from their search results. The case was brought by five groups representing film companies, distributors and…

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Toq extends smartwatch battery life

Qualcomm is making the Toq available only to US consumers Qualcomm has released a smartwatch that it says can last days between recharges despite the fact its touchscreen display is always on. The US company says the “limited edition” Toq…

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China’s Huawei to roll out 4G service in Ethiopian capital

(Reuters) – Ethiopia’s state-run Ethio Telecom said on Thursday it had picked Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s second largest telecom equipment maker, to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the capital Addis Ababa. The introduction of the service…

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Dutch privacy watchdog says Google breaks data law

(Reuters) – Google’s practice of combining personal data from its many different online services violates Dutch data protection law, the country’s privacy watchdog said on Thursday after a seven-month investigation. The Dutch Data Protection Authority, or DPA, asked Google to…

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